Today’s quick hits, May 29, 2020

Only if you ask (Des Moines Register): Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds defended the state’s decision to confirm coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants and other businesses only when asked by reporters and only when more than 10 percent of employees test positive for the virus.

Wilson to lead organic institute (UCANR): Agricultural entomologist Houston Wilson was named director of the newly endowed Organic Agriculture Center at the University of California and will launch its work.

Where are the boxes? (Politico): Food banks in the U.S. Southwest have yet to receive deliveries from the San Antonio event planning company that got a $39 million contract in the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program.

Nutrient overload (EWG): In Minnesota, the combination of manure plus commercial fertilizer, from an expansion of crop and livestock production, is likely to load too many nutrients into cropland in much of the state, threatening excessive runoff into waterways and drinking water.

A coronavirus bump for Blue Apron (CNBC): In a three-month period, as competition intensified in the meal-kit sector, meal-by-mail pioneer Blue Apron signed up 200,000 new customers in a surge likely driven by the pandemic.